Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign

S10: Food water energy nexus and sustainable urban governance

WILHELMI, Olga (NCAR), United States of America, SARZYNSKI, Andrea (University of Delaware), United States of America, GOSZCZYNSKI, Wojciech (Nicolaus Copernicus University - NCU), Poland, SUCHOMSKA, Johanna (NCU, PZR); WRÒBLEWSKI, Michał (NCU), Poland, NICHERSU, Iulian (Danube Delta National Institute) & BOZAGIEVICI, Raluca  (Danube Delta National Institute), Poland, TYE, Mari (NCAR) & HOEL, Paige (NCAR), United States of America, LABORNGE, Pia  (EIFER) & WENDEL, Jochen (EIFER), Germany

Environmental changes have become an important challenge for urban governance, especially in the three crucial infrastructure systems: food, water and energy. These systems are heterogeneous and blurred, yet interconnected and interrelated. The session addresses the idea of the Food Water Energy (FWE) Nexus as a key element of sustainable social, environmental and economic development. The urban metabolism and infrastructures present a complex socio-technical process of co-evolution “interrelated with urban development and urban space” (Graham 2000: 114). Growing in importance in recent years, the FWE nexus was first discussed at the World Economic Forum in 2008 (WEF 2011) as a mechanism to promote sustainable use of resources, and has evolved to incorporate various facets, additional components and disciplinary perspectives.
The convenors of the session are taking part in a research project on the urban FWE nexus. The project “Creating Interfaces” is a part of the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) programme established by the Belmont Forum and JPI Urban Europe.
Both experiences and analysis from research and practice, conceptual papers and case studies are welcome. The session format will provide space for exchange, questions and discussion. We invite papers of particular interest – but not limited to those – listed below:

• governance analysis of the FWE nexus: Who are the key stakeholders? What are the relations among stakeholders in different systems? How can we analyse and map them?

• data flows and data management: What are the practices of data gathering within the FWE nexus? How do data infrastructures work? Do data flows contribute to greater interconnectedness or to greater dispersion of the nexus?

• social visibility of the FWE nexus: Are relations between food, water and energy systems visible for the crucial stakeholders, local authorities or citizen? How to render the idea of FWE nexus more visible and recognizable?

• FWE nexus and local knowledge co-production: What roles can citizens play in the FWE nexus, including data collection/knowledge co-construction? Can citizens contribute to urban governance processes via cooperative and participatory practices? How can we integrate the different knowledge systems (citizen science practices, FWE nexus data, interests of local authorities)?

KEYWORDS: food, water, energy, nexus, data management, governance analysis


S11: STS – Design – Sustainability

EGGER, Stefanie (FH Joanneum), Austria

Design Research and Science and Technology Studies sometimes have a lot in common: Both try to take into account people and things at the same time instead of looking only at one of the two. An important question in both fields is how socio-technical constructs are shaped.

From urban planning to devising everyday objects to creating a digital landscape – one of the most important challenges for designers today is to help create a more sustainable world. Engineers, designers and architects of all fashion conceive of and create the technical world we are surrounded by. However, looking only at the world of artifacts – the technical world – has severe limitations for those who want to promote shifts towards sustainability. We design the things, but we design for humans. So we need concepts and thinking tools that help us to combine the technical and the social world. Intertwining findings from Design Research activities and Science and Technology Studies may be vital for sustainable design and can be fruitful for STS research too.

This special session wants to strengthen connections between Design Research and Science and Technology Studies and at the same time challenge technically focused approaches to design. The session especially welcomes papers and presentations addressing one of the following questions: How can designers encourage more sustainable behavior? Bearing in mind that users and objects configure each other, how can we take into account these processes of co-configuration regarding sustainable design? How can STS perspectives help designers to implement sustainable products and practices?

All types of research tackling sustainability design issues as well as challenging frameworks of meaning and contexts of practice, and presentations connecting research in STS and design are welcome in this session.

KEYWORDS: STS, design, design research, sustainability, transition towards sustainability